Who’s the best trucker on Vancouver Island?

The Cowichan School of Motoring hosts the first Pro Truck Rodeo for Vancouver Island this Saturday and Sunday.

The huge gathering runs for two full days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. "This event brings professional truckers together to compete in various competitions and one skilled driver will leave the weekend as the top Pro Truck Driver on Vancouver Island. It’s as much about the fun, camaraderie amongst commercial drivers, and a great community event for the public to attend," said Shirley Kolompar, CEO of Cowichan School of Motoring.

Kids activities, dunk tank, food kiosks, competitions, and live entertainment Saturday, with the popular country band Montgomery County taking the stage from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. will all add to the event.

The awards presentation takes place late Sunday afternoon on the stage. There’s a special daily admission rate of $5 for everyone or a family of four pass for $15. For a two-day pass, the cost is $8 and a family of four gets two days of fun for $25. Babes in arms are free.

"It’s a fun way to for everyone to see the level of skill the commercial drivers on our highways and in our communities are capable of," said Gord Price, general manager. "Drivers will compete in slalom backing, alley backing right side 90 degrees, being pulled by a Mack tandem day cab with a 53-foot van trailer. Additionally they compete with a loaded B-Train 63-foot and must back up 500 feet with a width of 8 feet 6 inches. All professional drivers should be able to complete courses in five minutes or less. It’s going to be challenging and a lot of fun for everyone".

"We’re thrilled to be bringing this to the Island and hope that everyone can come out, have some fun, and truly appreciate what a commercial truck driver is capable of, and the skills they have on the road."

The event takes place at 9401 Trans Canada Highway in Chemainus.

To learn more, visit the webpage at www.csm1977.com